Comcast Xfinity iPad app now has streaming video

Comcast Xfinity iPad app now streaming videos
Comcast Xfinity iPad app now streaming videos

We’ve already checked out the Comcast Xfinity iPad app which turned your tablet into a cool remote but Comcast isn’t done improving this app and it has added live, streaming shows.

The program can still be used on the iPhone and iPod as a WiFi remote but the Xfinity iPad app gives you access to On Demand shows and movies directly on your tablet. If you subscribe to premium channels like HBO and Starz, you’ll also get access to that on the tablet.

“The Xfinity TV app with video streaming is part of our ongoing effort to deliver great entertainment experiences for our customers on all screens and devices,” said Matt Strauss, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Comcast Interactive Media, in a prepared statement. “We have an aggressive development plan to introduce even more features in the coming months that enable customers to more richly watch, control, and personalize their entertainment.”

Like Netflix on the Apple tablet, I don’t know how many people will be needing this at their houses – you already have a larger screen to watch this long-form content. Still, it’s a neat addition and I could see multiple scenarios when it comes in handy. If you have kids, you could put the kids programming on the large screen while you sit on the couch watching the new season of Breaking Bad. Of course, this could also coming in handy at hotels.

The Comcast Xfinity iPad app still retains all of its previous features, so you can use it to find out what’s on TV, schedule recordings and find out more information about what you’re watching.

The Apple tablet is quickly becoming a strong television companion, as TiVo, multiple cable carriers and third-parties like the Vualla app have all developed programs to help augment the TV-watching experience.

[Via Comcast]

  • Only thing I’m concerned about is the package requirements – as Comcast requires a higher priced package for this to work. That’s why I’m glad to subscribe to (and work for) DISH Network. DISH has had a TV Everywhere solution on the market for quite some time now, and I have to say with my ViP 722k HD DVR and Sling Adapter I love being able to watch live TV or my DVR recordings on the go, wherever I’m at. I highly suggest checking it out.

    • Johng

      Michael i had Dish and the Sling box is terrible and expensive. No offense but you can keep it, I Just switched Xfinity and never looked back. BTW the iPad app is sweet. Watching The Closer now for free. Booyah! John G.

  • Elias

    Hey, don’t get me wrong, it’s great Comcast is trying to catch up with the rest of the industry and finally offer a few more services like mobility options. One question though…why would someone need a mobility option while they are at home, where their TV is? Reason I ask is that for the streaming of Live TV, you have to be at your home, within your personal wifi network. As a DISH customer/employee, I guess I’m not sued to that kind of restriction. With DISH’s TV Everywhere I can watch live OR recorded TV anywhere in the world I can get a 3G connection.

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